a device consisting of a pivoted ring or rings capable of swinging freely while mounted on a fixed frame, used as to hold a ship's compass, pelorus, etc. level despite any pitch, roll, or yaw
often gimbal ring
Origin of gimbalsingular of gimbals, altered ; from Middle English gemelles, twins ; from Classical Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus, twin
-·baled or -·balled, -·bal·ing or -·bal·ling
to attach to or mount on a gimbal
- A rigid frame or ring in which an object is supported by pivots. Two such rings mounted on axes at right angles to each other allow an object such as a ship's compass to remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support.
- often gimbals A device consisting of gimbals.
transitive verbgim·baled, gim·bal·ing, gim·bals or gim·balled or gim·bal·ling
To supply with or support on gimbals.
Origin of gimbalAlteration of obsolete gemel, double ring; see gimmal.
a gyroscope with two gimbals
Alteration of gemel, from Old French jumel (“twin”) (French jumeau), from Latin gemellus